A beacon will be lit at Old Sarum to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee and 70 lucky people will have the chance to attend the ceremony.

Salisbury City Council will be lighting it on Thursday, June 2 to celebrate the milestone and also mark the start of the four-day weekend.

It will be one of thousands of beacons being lit to celebrate the Queen's historic milestone with communities and people throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth also taking part.

The beacon will be lit as part of an anchor chain by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) at 9.30pm.

All 43 RICS beacons throughout the country will be the first to be lit in the UK as they have lit a chain of beacons since the Silver Jubilee in 1977, before it became the community initiative it is now.

All other beacons throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man will be lit at 9.45pm.

The city council is inviting 70 members of the public to attend the lighting of the beacon.

Those who want to attend are asked to fill out an application form which will then go into a ballot. 

The Mayor of Salisbury, councillors, Deputy Lieutenant and Dr Phil Harding will also be in attendance.

The application form can be found on the council's website.


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